As they say, “Hair Today… Gone Tomorrow!” I did it! I just shaved off my mustache - yes - the furry friend that has gone everywhere with me since 1970. It all started last Friday at the 25th Annual Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club Radiothon. WJR’s Frank Beckmann mentioned that if we raised a significant amount of money in a short amount of time, maybe I’d shave off my trademark mustache. Everyone laughed. Hell, I laughed. I mean who would donate big bucks to see me shave, right? Oops.
Flash forward to later in the evening. Frank mentioned it again as the Radiothon wore on and suddenly I heard myself saying that I would donate $50,000 if Radiothon listeners could match that amount donations in just 30 minutes. Well guess what? They did. And so this morning, I headed out to the Salvation Army’s Harbor Lights Headquarters at I-96 and Martin Luther King Blvd, stood outside the “Dick & Gail Purtan Salvation Army Bed & Bread” truck, and amid a flurry of paparazzi, it was time for “Lights, Camera, Razor!”
Enjoy the pix (there are more to come- along with some video of the “event”)! What do you think? I’m not sure if I look any younger, as some have said, but knowing we raised $100,000 (which will feed 833 men, women and children EVERYDAY FOR THE NEXT 365 DAYS!) makes it more than worth it!